While world para-table tennis rankings were updated on the first of the month, Argentine Gabriel Copola stated yesterday on Facebook that he was very happy to be ranked seventh in the world in the men’s class 3 classification. The ranking is the highest of his career.
This statement on Facebook read in part:
It is the most important publication in my sporting career, success! This is what I have always dreamed, it was one of my biggest challenges and it happened, I’m very happy! ARGENTINA is making history in class 3! Let’s go! Thank to all those who joined me to achieve this dream… that every day help me to improve, my great friend Mauri and the professor Diego “el chino” who are are part of all this!… To all those who by this means give me strength to continue to improve, a big hug!
Copola is currently training for this year’s world championship scheduled to take place in September in China.
There have been two major events to earn points to improve ranking in the past month. They include the Romania International Table Tennis Open 2014 and the PTT Spanish Open 2014. Currently, the top ranked men’s wheelchair competitor is South Korea’s Class 4 Young-gun Kim. The top ranked men’s standing competitor is Poland’s Class 10 Patryk Chojnowski. The top Class 11 competitor with an intellectual disability is France’s Pascal Pereira-Leal. On the women’s wheelchair side, China’s Class 5 Bian Zhang is ranked number one. Poland’s Class 10 Natalia Partyka is the top ranked women’s standing competitor. Russia’s Elena Prokofeva is the top ranked woman with a learning disability.